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Article Published: 16 Feb 2023

The Field: At a Glance in 2021

Across the United States and Canada, opera is a vital part of communities of all sizes. Opera companies large and small are deeply rooted in their cities, strengthening their communities by forging partnerships that bridge economic, social, and cultural divides and create positive change.

Entrepreneurial artists and innovative leaders are expanding the definition of opera, the opera audience, and the audience experience. Singers, composers, librettists, directors, designers, and other artists are infusing the art form with a diversity of stories, perspectives, and artistic styles never seen before.

OPERA America Membership

View an interactive map of the OPERA America membership.

Economic Impact
Performance Activity

Data is from the FY2021 Professional Opera Survey, extrapolating for OPERA America's full Professional Company Membership and the most up-to-date information from OPERA America's
Performance Database.

* Administrators include full-time, part-time, and contract positions.

** Some companies recorded COVID-19 government relief funds as support in FY2020 and FY2021 upon notification of loan forgiveness. Remaining government relief funds will be reflected in the FY2022
Annual Field Report.

*** For the purposes of this report, marketing expenses are included in program expenses.

"The Field: At a Glance" was published in the 2022 Annual Field Report, a comprehensive study of the field's financial health.